How to Unlock Your Spare Tire Key


Vehicles with spare tires on the back of the car often utilize a spare tire key to hold the tire in position, preventing it from being stolen by people passing by. Unlocking your spare tire with your spare tire key is necessary when you need to swap out the spare for another of the tires on your car. Fortunately, this is an easy thing to do.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Unscrew the screws holding your license plate in place.

  • Remove the license plate from the vehicle, exposing the spare tire keyhole.

  • Insert your spare tire key into the lock and turn until you hear a click or the key will move no further.

  • Remove the spare tire from the back of the vehicle to complete the process. Remount your license plate back into position.

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